Monday, June 14, 2010

DabbleDB is out of the game

10 June 2010 Smallthought Systems, a company behind DabbleDb online database has been acquired by Twitter.

No doubt that will be a new and successful stage for Dabble DB team. So, congratulations! But does this situation really differ from going out of the business Coghead?

Is there any plan Dabble DB can offer their customers?

Unfortunately, it seems Dabble DB customers are alone with their problems now:
"We will do whatever we need to do to make sure that, at any time, you can export all of your data, including attachments, in a structured format suitable for import into other systems."

As I see it this situation has brought up the problem into question again.

Which criteria one should take into consideration choosing the SaaS vendor?

Can the vendor be trusted so one builds a business with it?


  1. Our whole entire company now relies on DabbleDB. With only 1 in house IT / Everything guy (myself) this is proving to make my life even more stressful than it was. When we started with Dabble my boss said "I don't like the idea of us having our data stored somewhere else, even if we are paying for it, what happens if they go out of business?" My simple answer was "Don't worry Boss! The developer posted in his Forum that they where not going anywhere!" So naive. I am done with Saas. Yes its super easy and less work to maintain than an in house system, but I wont have to worry about my servers walking out and leaving me with nothing.

  2. Zoho Blogs If you are a Dabble DB user, we are offering free migration to get your apps on Zoho Creator platform. 

  3. I have created some basic databases with Dabble but have always been concerned about my data being secure if the company went away. After looking at just about all of the Saas companies I decided to use Alpha five. I can create an application and host it myself or outsource it. At least I have a little more control over the data.

  4. Another black eye for the Saas model. Also another reason that twitter should just die too. When companies, especially IT, start buying up other startups it's either because they are empire building or they are floundering, trying to stake out another path for their future. The latter is especially true when companies start acquiring other nonrelated interests. Twitter is in dire need of a second act to stay alive. Let's hope it can keep it together and continue to support dabble.